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Wildlife are legitimate job hazard for police in Canada by Lounge Trekker on 25 October 2012 11:27pm
 
From the online version of The Toronto Globe and Mail - The Canadian Press
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In this case of moose versus Mountie, the officer – and his car – got the worst of it.

RCMP say the officer was writing a report in his car in Prince George, B.C., on Thursday when he saw two moose crossing an intersection.

The Mountie moved his car to try to stop another vehicle heading towards the animals when the bull moose rammed the front grill and bumper of the police cruiser before climbing over the hood and onto the roof.

The moose was stomping the roof when one of its hooves shattered the driver’s side window and hit the officer.

Police say the moose then walked down the trunk of the vehicle before making its getaway with the other moose.

The officer suffered a bruised left shoulder but didn’t need medical attention and finished his shift before heading home.
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Moose are significant creatures: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moose
 
Re: Wildlife are legitimate job hazard for police in Canada by suzulu on 26 October 2012 12:43am
 
What a story! Never underestimate a moose! But would a moose climb on top of a vehicle?
 
Re: Wildlife are legitimate job hazard for police in Canada by Lounge Trekker on 26 October 2012 2:21am
 
It is quite a story. It was 'published' on the online version of one of the major newspapers in the country. So who is telling tales, if it is a tale? The constable? the national police force? the reporter who wrote it? any number of Toronto people trying to make life in British Columbia appear even wilder than reality? Heh heh, I don't know.

What I do know is that an adult moose, particularly a rutting bull, would have no problem stepping onto a full size car. You don't want to be near a testosterone-enraged bull. I've seen an adult cow lope out of the trees and not even break stride when she stepped over a four foot barbed wire fence. No jumping, she just kept trotting.

I think it was a story that was embellished at each level of the news process. It's too good to keep just an average, mundane level of excitement about it. It would be a logical thing to do...try to prevent another vehicle from hitting moose as you could killed if you hit a moose. Clearly, the bull mis-understood the good intent.
 
Re: Wildlife are legitimate job hazard for police in Canada by Loretto on 26 October 2012 12:07pm
 
My father's 2nd cousin in Ireland died when an escaped horse ran out onto a main road, reared up on his car, the front hooves went straight through the window, killing him instantly. Freaky accident, and a true story. It happend 10 years ago. His wife and youngest son were in the car with him at the time.

Now, you'd imagine that the moose would be afraid of a car, but maybe it was flight or fight time, who knows?
 
Re: Wildlife are legitimate job hazard for police in Canada by Lounge Trekker on 26 October 2012 3:55pm
 
I'm sorry to hear of your family's loss, Loretto.

Moose are incredibly un-noticing of cars. I have a wind-whistle stuck to my grille that I believe has saved me from horrible crashes several times. Even if you have a whistle, dawn and dusk in wildlife areas can be deadly. It is up to you to avoid them.

Legs of moose are so long that if a car or compact truck crashed into one broadside, the legs may fold dropping the body into the cab.

The occupants may die under 300 pounds of fresh meat.

In the case of a rutting bull moose...they are afraid of nothing if a fragrant cow moose is the prize.
 
Re: Wildlife are legitimate job hazard for police in Canada by suzulu on 26 October 2012 10:39pm
 
Sorry to hear that, Loretto. How awful!

I had an encounter with a moose once, during a camping trip in the States. On a walk two of us decided to go back a different way. At the beginning of the trail a lady with a camera said there was a moose on the path ahead! We walked along the trail with some trepidation, fortunately it was just off the trail, sitting chewing the cud and took no notice of us. Phew!
 
Re: Wildlife are legitimate job hazard for police in Canada by Wheelrim on 27 October 2012 11:33am
 
Wildlife a Hazard? In UK its Lowlife thats a hazard.!
 



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